Title: Stupid Fast
Author: Geoff Herbach
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Rating: Readers above the age of 11 due to language
My Opinion: 8/10
One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading a realistic fiction book in my opinion would have to be humor. In a dystopian or fantasy novel, characters tend to be serious and working towards a mythical goal. On the other hand, realistic fiction can be told in the voice of someone just like you and me, which makes it entertaining to read. I loved hearing the refreshingly comical voice of Felton Reinstein narrating the novel Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach.
|Felton finds an escape from|
life through running.
|Nothing Special, Book 2|
I would have given Stupid Fast a 9/10 if not for Felton's mother. Her behavior throughout the novel was astonishing. Although it is possible that a mother could actually behave in the way that Felton's mother did, it was disturbing to read about how she went certifiably crazy over the course of a couple of months. I could not imagine a mother completely ignoring her children for over two weeks, and it disheartened me to realize that this is the case in many families in real life.
The best part about Stupid Fast is that it appeals to all readers, regardless of gender or age. Felton likes football, but he has never played it before, so no previous knowledge about terminology is necessary. Also, Felton gives an insight to the perspective of a teenage boy, while his mother and Aleah bring in contrasting girls' perspectives. This book is definitely worth reading because of its writing style - it seems like Felton is really there, talking to the reader. I was surprised but happy to find out that Stupid Fast is the first book in a series, followed by Nothing Special and I'm With Stupid.